This is Pollock

By Catherine Ingram, Illustrated by Peter Arkle

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  • Hardback
  • 50 illustrations
  • 80 pages
  • 9 x 6¾ ins
  • ISBN 9781780673462
  • Published April 2014

In 1956 Time magazine referred to Pollock as "Jack the Dripper". His iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of scale of the landscape of America's West where the artist grew up. Pollock said that he painted "out of his consciousness": the cathartic dribbled paint reflected his troubled mind.

This book traces Pollock's career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.

Series writer Catherine Ingram brings her extensive knowledge to the book, while specially commissioned illustrations by New York-based illustrator Peter Arkle vividly portray the text.

About the Author

Catherine Ingram obtained a First Class Honours degree at Glasgow University. After an MA in 19th-Century Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Catherine became a graduate scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. After finishing her D.Phil, she was made a Prize Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.

A native of Scotland, Peter Arkle lives and works in New York. He creates illustrations for books, magazines and ads for a wide range of clients, including Amnesty International, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and Esquire.

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An Uncertain Power: Post-War America
American Art
All mothers are giants – Jackson Pollock
The Absent Father, LeRoy
Manual Arts High School 1928–30
The American Man Hut
An American Pantheism
Life with the Bentons
Art Students League 1930–32
A More Dynamic Side to Thomas Benton
All in a Day’s Work, 1935–38
Pretty negative stuff so far – Jackson Pollock
Birth, 1938–41
We’re all of us influenced by Freud, I guess. I’ve been a Jungian for a long time. – Jackson Pollock
A Father Figure
John Graham
Lee Krasner
The record of all human intercourse is perpetuated through the medium of symbols. – John Graham
Horror Vacui: Mural, 1943
Radical Art
The Hunters of the Plains
In the room the women come and go. Talking of Michelangelo – T. S. Eliot
A Comforting Ordinariness
The Pantheist Emerges
Reshuffling the Deck
Peggy’s Departure
On the Floor
Pollock Speaks
The Dripper Emerges
Astral Beauty
Night Vision
Pollock by Panel
Number 1A, 1948
The Paradox of Summertime (Number 9A)
‘Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living artist in the United States?’ – Life, 8 October 1949
Seasons Change: Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)
The Painting
Pollock’s Viewpoint
Coffee will be served in the living room – Lee Krasner
Success and Glamour
New York is brutal – Jackson Pollock
Cedar Tavern
A Change of Gallery
The Story of Blue Poles, 1952
That Place Called Home – Springs
Portrait and a Dream
Final Fling
Waiting for Godot
‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’

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